Moose Becomes Agitated, is Shot and Killed by University of Alaska Police

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 17 (UPI) — University of Alaska Anchorage campus police said they shot and killed a moose that became agitated when it couldn’t free itself from fencing material.

Police responding to a call Thursday afternoon found the bull’s antlers caught in material used to support young trees, Chief Dale Pittman told the Anchorage Daily news. The moose had nylon tape wrapped around its antlers and 4-foot stakes dangled on either side of its face, the chief said.

Police blocked off the area, but the moose began moving toward the arts building, still in an agitated state. They called the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to come and tranquilize the moose, but agents were about an hour-and-a-half away.

Campus police are not trained to use tranquilizer drugs, so they concluded they had to shoot the animal.

Pittman explained the decision to bring the moose down in an e-mail sent throughout campus.

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